The Self in Social Inference: Antecedents and Consequences of Perspective Taking
Colloquium | October 4 | 12:10-1:15 p.m. | 5101 Tolman Hall
Andrew Todd, Assistant Professor, UC Davis
The ability to intuit what other people are thinking and feeling with some degree of accuracy is essential for effective communication and social coordination, making it important to understand both the factors that give rise to and the consequences that follow from perspective taking. In this talk, Ill provide an overview of a program of research that examines the role of the self as an informational base in reasoning about other peoples mental states. Ill describe some work that identifies a perceiver-based factorincidental experiences of anxietythat can shape peoples reliance on their own visuospatial perspective and self-knowledge when making inferences about what others see and know. Ill also describe some work that explores how peoples active efforts to consider others' perspectives affect the extent to which they use their own likes and dislikes to guide their inferences about others preferences.